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2013 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61283-2013-750-3A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    6.5 miles from the coast. Mid pale crimson. Vegy nose and some very obvious sweetness. Not the most refined and with a little bit of dryness on the end . Not gracious. Drying tannins on the end.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    An expressive nose mixes both upper and lower register fruit aromas that include notes of cranberry, cherry, raspberry with dark currant, plum and violet. There is the same lovely mouth feel that is at once supple yet reasonably well-detailed, all wrapped in a seductively textured, focused and solidly persistent finish. I very much like the depth and about the only nit is a hint of backend warmth. Like the Russian River Valley, while this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for at least 3 to 5 years to allow more depth to develop. Worth considering.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Clean, pure and snappy, offering an elegant mix of ripe plum, cherry and spice notes that pick up a touch of raspberry and cranberry. Drink now. 1,851 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 88

    The 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is the most inward of the three appellation-level Pinots I tasted. Expressive floral notes meld into sweet red cherries, chalk, mint and white flowers in a high-toned, taut Pinot to drink over the next few years.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2013 Pinot Noir Williams Selyem Estate has a complex, almost DRC-like forest floor nose with raspberry, black cherry, and floral notes. Full-bodied and ripe, it gets my highest marks as the most profound of the 2013 Pinot Noirs from Williams Selyem. This full-bodied classic should age effortlessly for 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

    Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

    See other similar producers:Kosta Browne Winery,Siduri,Kistler Vineyards

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 229 bottles owned
    • 71 collectors